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About Your Host: Daniel Faigin

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My area of professional expertise is Computer Systems, in particular Computer Security. I work in El Segundo as an Senior Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that primarily does space-related engineering for the United States Air Force. Part of my work at Aerospace involves supporting the Common Criteria, which is the evaluation criteria that replaced the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria ("Orange Book"). In particular, I support the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme of the National Information Assurance Partnership. I supported the initial development of the Common Criteria, and support the current interpretation of the document. Before I worked at Aerospace, I woked at System Development Coporation (SDC), where I helped design the architecture for the Access Control Center of the A1 BLACKER Network Device. I was also involved in performing architectural analysis on the Secure Distributed Database Project (SD-DBMS). For more details, see my Resume. I received my CISSP certification in April 2009.

I am also active professionally. I am a Senior Fellow of the Applied Computer Security Associates, and am actively involved in its main activity, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (for which I have been Tutorial Chair since 1989, and Conference Chair from 2001 through 2004). For many years I was a member of the ACM, the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACM (for which I am a past Chair), and the ACM Special Interest Group on Security Audit and Control (SIGSAC) (for which I am a past Chair and a past Treasurer). Our family is also involved with the Society of Women Engineers.


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ACSA Fellows

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NIAP Interpretations

NIAP Precedent Database


I have honored to have Karen Davis as my wife since 1985. Karen is a graduate of CSUN, and for a long time was a technical writer. She has also made hand-made dolls, and currently is working on a gluten-free cookbook. She's a wonderful person to talk to if you need information on Celiac Disease, which is a sensitivity to gluten.

Karen is a stay at home mom to our daughter. Actually, we're both actively involved with her. When we were younger, we were active in the YMCA parent-child programs. We all have on-line journals at LiveJournal (accounts are free). I'm cahwyguy, my wife is gf_guruilla, and our daughter is nsshere. I'm also on MySpace as cahwyguy, but that just points to Livejournal. I'm active on Facebook as cahwyguy

I also maintain the geneology for my family tree.


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Faigin/Davis Family Tree


I am active in the Jewish community, likely owing to my experiences growing up at the Wilshire Blvd Temple Camps. I maintain the Soc.Culture.Jewish Frequently Asked Questions and Reading Lists, and moderate the Mail.Liberal-Judaism Mailing List. I'm also a moderator for soc.culture.jewish.parenting. In the past, I've served as Social Action Chair for Kol Tikvah, and Religious Practices V.P, Publicity V.P., webmaster and newsletter editor for Temple Beth Torah of the San Fernando Valley. After a few years at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, we rejoined Temple Ahahvat Shalom in Northridge, where we hope to stay..


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SCJ FAQ/Reading List

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Interests and Hobbies

I have many interests and hobbies, which ebb and flow, back and forth.

I am a roadgeek, with a large interest in all things transportation related. I maintain the California Highways Web Page, and am a member at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. I also have a interest in Los Angeles and Los Angeles History.

I am a boardgamer, and enjoy playing boardgames of all varieties. I have a large collection of games, which I have listed up at BoardGameGeek. If you might be interested in gaming, and live in the San Fernando Valley, drop me email.

I am also into music, both Broadway Musicals and folk music. Currently, my favorite musical groups include Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tom Paxton, and the Austin Lounge Lizards. It must be family based, as my cousin Jerry is also a folk musician.

I also enjoy live theatre. We are subscribers at the Pasadena Playhouse (since 1986), the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, and Repertory East Playhouse in Saugus. We enjoy going to the summer concerts of the Valley Cultural Center, and when they have good ones :-), go to musicals at the Amhanson Theatre. Other theatres and venues we recommend are: the Hollywood Bowl, West Coast Ensemble, the Blank Theatre Company, the North Hollywood Arts Center, ICT Long Beach, Colony Theatre in Burbank, and the Neighborhood Playhouse in Palos Verdes. You can read my theatre reviews here.


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Maintained by: Daniel P. Faigin <faigin -at cahighways -dot org>.